"And we need consumers to buy the new vehicles in large numbers," she said.
That's not happening yet: After a dozen years on the market, gasoline-electric hybrids – like the Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt – account for no more than three percent of total vehicle sales, she said. The best-selling pickup truck on the market outsells all electric vehicles combined.
Still, state and regional efforts are pushing the industry closer to the congressional goal. California, for instance, requires that auto manufacturers sell 1.4 million zero-electric vehicles, or ZEVs – such as battery-powered electric vehicles – by 2025. Nine other states are considering following California's lead, though auto manufacturers have warned they cannot hit that target.
This article originally appeared at The Daily Climate, the climate change news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company.